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MAR 19 1915 

The Carnahan Press 
Washington, D. C. 

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The Daughters of the American Revolution was organized in 
Washington, D. O, October 1 1, 1890, with eighteen members. Mrs. 
Caroline Scott Harrison, wife of Benjamin Harrison, then President of 
the United States, was elected President General, which position she 
filled until her death, October 25, 1892. Since then the office has 
been held successively by Mrs. Adlai E. Stevenson (Second and Fourth 
President General) , Mrs. John W. Foster, Mrs. Daniel Manning, Mrs. 
Charles W. Fairbanks, Mrs. Donald McLean, Mrs. Matthew T. Scott, 
and Mrs. William Cumming Story. 

The objects of this society, as stated in its Constitution, are: 

(1) To perpetuate the memory of the spirit of the men and women who 
achieved American Independence, by the acquisition and protection of historical 
spots, and the erection of monuments; by the encouragement of historical research 
in relation to the Revolution and the publication of its results; by the preservation 
of documents and relics, and of the records of the individual services of Revolutionary 
soldiers and patriots, and by the promotion of celebrations of all patriotic anniversaries. 

(2) To carry out the injunction of Washington m his farewell address to the 
American people, "to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for 
the general diffusion of knowledge," thus developing an enlightened public opinion, 
and affording to young and old such advantages as shall develop in them the largest 
capacity for performing the duties of American citizens. 

(3) To cherish, maintain, and extend the institutions of American freedom, 
to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind 
all the blessings of liberty. 

February 20, 1896, under the name of "The National Society of the Daughters 
of the, American Revolution," it was incorporated by the Fifty-fourth Congress of 
the United States; ordered to report annually to the Secretary of the Smithsonian 
Institution ; and permitted to deposit its collections * * * and other material for 
history in the Smithsonian Institution or in the National Museum. 

The 8 1 6 persons whose applications were approved on or before 
October 11, 1891, are Charter Members. Up to March 1, 1915, 
1 1 4, 1 66 persons have been admitted to membership, and include resi- 
dents of every State and Territory of the United States as well as 
most of the countries in Europe, and some in Asia and Africa. There 
are 1,430 Chapters in the United States; and one each in Cuba, 
Mexico, and the Philippines. 

Seven hundred and thirty-one Real Daughters of Revolutionary 
Patriots have been admitted to membership in the Society, of whom 
ninety-one are still living. 


I Memorial Continental Hall,\ erected at a cost of more than 
$500,000.00, is located on 1 7th Street, one of the main entrances 
to the beautiful Government Reservation, Potomac Park, and faces 
the President's Park, lying between the White House and the Wash- 
ington Monument. On the south stands the marble home of the Bureau 
of American Republics, and on the north is the Red Cross Building, 
erected as a Memorial to the Women of the War Between the States, 
and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. 

The Memorial Continental Hall Committee, at a meeting held 
June 4th, 1902, decided to purchase the site, on which the building 
stands, at a cost of $50,266.17. On June 4th, 1903, the Building 
Committee selected Mr. Edward Pearce Casey, of New York City, 
to be the Architect. This selection was unanimously approved by the 
Memorial Continental Hall Committee, and on January 8th, 1 904, 
the Architect's plans and preliminary sketches were accepted, and 
the working plans were commenced the following day. The Con- 
tracts for "Excavation and building foundation" were approved and 
signed March 1 8th, 1 904. The workmen, in digging, unearthed 
a portion of the floor of a house said to have been the former residence 
of James Madison. Several Spanish coins were also found. On Tues- 
day afternoon, April 19th, 1904, during the Thirteenth Continental 
Congress, the cornerstone was laid under the auspices of the Masonic 
fraternity. The ceremony was very impressive, the gavel used being 
the one with which George Washington laid the cornerstone of the 
National Capitol in 1 793. 

By the following April work on the central part of the building 
had progressed sufficiently for the Fourteenth Continental Congress 
to be held within its walls. Vermont marble was used in the con- 
struction of the home of the National Society of the Daughters of thj 
American Revolution, and in design and general appearance, resemblej 
classic buildings of the Revolutionary period. The building of the 
corner pavilions and porticos was next undertaken, and on Wednes- 
day afternoon of April 17th, 1907, during the Sixteenth Continental 
Congress, the Memorial portico was dedicated with appropriate 
ceremonies. When the Nineteenth Continental Congress convened, 



April 1 8th, 1910, much of the handsome mahogany furniture promised 
by the States reserving memorial rooms had been put in place, and 
Memorial Continental Hall had become the actual headquarters of the 
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 
1 905 the Flag House Chapter, of Philadelphia, asked permission to 
give the flag first to be unfurled over the completed Memorial Con- 
tinental Hall. 

With Mrs. Iredell, at that time Regent of Liberty Bell Chapter, 
of Pennsylvania, originated the idea of raising a fund for beautifying 
the grounds, and her first step was to secure the endorsement of her 
State Conference. Through her efforts the Liberty Bell, the Du Bois, 
and other Chapters in Pennsylvania collected for this purpose $375.29, 
which, after her death, was presented to the Society. Mrs. Iredell's de- 
sire was to collect a sufficient sum to create an endowment fund, the in- 
come from which would be used for the perpetual care of the grounds, 
and had she lived this would doubtless have been accomplished. 


The roof of this portico is supported by sixteen immense drum 
columns. The Ann Story Chapter of Rutland, Vermont, had the 
honor of placing the inscription "Memorial Continental Hall" across 
the front above these columns. 

The three pairs of bronze doors at the front entrance are memorial 
gifts: The pair to the south was the gift of the members of the Society 
in the State of Massachusetts. The pair to the north was the gift 
of the members of the Society in the State of Connecticut. The cen- 
tral pair was selected for a memorial to the Founders and Charter 
members of the Organization, and Mrs. F. Berger Moran has under- 
taken to secure the necessary funds for this purpose. The north and 
south doors have been suitably inscribed by the States presenting them, 
as follows: North door, "Presented by the Daughters of the American 
Revolution of Connecticut, in honor of their Chapter heroes and hero- 
ines"; south door, "Presented by the Massachusetts members of the 
N. S. D. A. R., at the 19th Continental Congress, April 19, 1910." 
The keystones over these doors were given by the Philadelphia Chap- 
ter, of Pennsylvania. 



The Entrance Hall is the gift of the Chapters of Pennsylvania. 

The State coat of arms, in bronze, is sunken in the center of the 
floor — the gift of the Tioga Chapter. 

Four large arm chairs and two benches, upholstered in green 
leather, were presented by Pennsylvania Chapters. 

The large hall clock was presented by the Berks County Chapter. 

The portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin was presented by the 
Daughters of the American Revolution of Pennsylvania. 

A portrait bust of Thomas Jefferson was presented by the Daugh- 
ters of the American Revolution of Virginia. 

Other marble busts ornament the vestibule, among them that of 
Mrs. Mary Hammond Washington, the first Real Daughter, and of 
Hugh Vernon Washington, presented by his sister, Mrs. E. W. Bel- 
lamy; a bust of Oliver Ellsworth, presented by the Daughters of the 
American Revolution of Connecticut; also a portrait bust of Martha 
Washington, presented by Martha Washington Chapter, District of 

In the niches forming the frieze are marble statues as follows: 
George Washington, presented by the Daughters of the American 
Revolution, Washington State ; John Hancock, presented by John Han- 
cock Chapter, Mass. ; Edward Hand, presented by the Daughters of 
the American Revolution, Kansas; Isaac Shelby, presented by the 
Daughters of the American Revolution, Kentucky; James Edward 
Oglethorpe, presented by the Daughters of the American Revolution, 
Georgia; John Adams, presented by John Adams Chapter, Massachu- 
setts; Ethan Allen, presented by the Daughters of the American Revo- 
lution, Vermont; John Stark, presented by the Daughters of the Ameri- 
can Revolution of New Hampshire; George Clinton, for which pay- 
ment has been pledged by the New York City Chapter; and Nathan 

The north staircase is a memorial to Mrs. S. V. White, given by 
Fort Greene Chapter, of Brooklyn, New York, and on the tablet at 
the first turn of the staircase is the design of the prison ship martyrs' 

monument, for the erection of which, in memory of the 1 1 ,500 victims 
of the Wallabout prison ships, Mrs. White worked with so much 

The south staircase is the gift of the Chapters of Minnesota. The 
coat of arms of the State is on the wall at the first turn of the steps. 
In April, 1914, the Daughters of the American Revolution of Vermont 
placed a mahogany side rail on each stairway, extending from the first 
to the second floor. 


The auditorium, with its three large galleries, has a seating 
capacity of about two thousand. The chairs are of metal, framed in 
mahogany and upholstered in green leather. The walls are cream 
tinted, artistically decorated with garlands of fruit and leaves, with a 
fret of leaves along the base of the galleries. The ground glass ceiling 
or roof is divided into twenty-five squares, ornamented by scroll work. 
A narrow opening around this glass roof, with large windows on the 
north and south sides of the galleries, behind the seats, provide ample 
ventilation. Four handsome electroliers with branch lights under the 
galleries and single lights entirely around the cornice above the gal- 
leries and platform give beautiful artificial light. One of the elec- 
troliers was presented by the Tioughnioga Chapter, of Courtland, New 
York; another a memorial gift from the Daughters of the American 
Revolution in Kansas. The clock on the east gallery railing was the 
gift of the Baltimore Chapter. In the frame is the coat of arms of 
Maryland, and below the hands on the face is the insignia of the 
Society, both illuminated. 

In the south gallery hangs a full-length portrait of Martha Wash- 
ington, by Professor E. F. Andrews, who painted also the Martha 
Washington portrait at the White House. The portrait was presented 
to the Society by his daughter, Mary Lord Andrews, during the Con- 
gress of 1909. In the north gallery hangs a large oil painting, "Wash- 
ington on Dorchester Heights," by Darius Cobb, presented by the 
Daughters of the American Revolution of Massachusetts, in memory 
of Mary A. Livermore, whose desire it had been that this historical 
painting should be secured for Memorial Continental Hall. The pic- 
ture was suggested to the artist by a letter from General Washington 



to Colonel Lee, telling him of the weight of responsibility that pressed 
upon him as he stood on Dorchester Heights just before dawn, view- 
ing the disastrous effects of the tempest on the British fleet that was to 
have stormed the Heights the night before. Wendell Phillips posed 
for the figure of Washington and Oliver Wendell Holmes loaned Wash- 
ington's original field glass to the artist. 

The Betsy Ross flag, with its circle of thirteen stars on the field of 
blue, which hangs suspended from the ceiling during the week of 
Continental Congress, was the gift of the Flag House Chapter, of 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the flag and standard, containing 
forty-eight stars, fulfilling the prophecy conveyed by the constellation 
of the thirteen stars, was the gift of the Chapters and members of the 
Society in the District of Columbia. The brilliantly colored flags, 
hanging from the cornice of the Auditorium, represent each State of 
the Union — 48 in number — a tangible demonstration of the far-reach- 
ing influences of the National Society of the Daughters of the American 
Revolution. These flags are arranged according to the States ratifying 
the Constitution, beginning with Delaware, 1 787, and closing with 
Arizona in 1912. Each flag is the gift of the Daughters of the 
American Revolution of the State it represents, and they were accepted 
by the Twenty-third Continental Congress. 


On the platform is a large table, a reproduction of the one on 
which the Declaration of Independence was signed, and a chair like 
that used by the presiding officer on that occasion, both of which are for 
the use of the President General. The table was given by the Con- 
tinental Chapter, and the chair by the Continental Dames Chapter, 
both of the District of Columbia. A companion chair for the use of 
the Recording Secretary General was the gift of the Colorado Chapter, 
of Denver, Colorado. The large arm chair for the use of Honorary 
Presidents General was given by the Katherine Livingston Chapter, of 
Jacksonville, Florida, and the handsome smaller table and accom- 
panying chairs were presented by the Daughters of the American Revo- 
lution in Mississippi. A large table made from a very handsome piece 
of koa wood came from the Aloha Chapter of Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Two arm chairs, one for the Parliamentarian, the other for the Official Reader, 
were given by the Monticello Chapter, and a large chair by the Margaret Whetten 



Chapter, both of the District of Columbia. Another armchair came from the 
John Hancock Chapter, of Boston, in memory of Mrs. Washington G. Benedict. 
The chair with the New York State coat of arms carved at the top of the back 
was given by Mrs. Marie Clinton Le Due, of the New York City Chapter, as a 
memorial to her mother, a niece of De Witt Clinton. Small side chairs were given 
by Chapters and as individual gifts from Arkansas as follows: Captain Basil 
Gaither Chapter, Mary Fuller Percival Chapter, Col. Martin Pickett Chapter, John 
McAlmont Chapter, Little Rock Chapter, Pine Bluff Chapter, Mrs. Ida G. Pickett 
Ferrill, Regent of Col. Martin Pickett Chapter; by Mrs. Elizabeth William Craw- 
ford, of Little Rock Chapter, in memory of Samuel Wright Williams; by Mrs. 
Helen M. Norton, former State Regent of Arkansas; by Mrs. Frank Hatton Dodge, 
in memory of her aunt, Mrs. Robert Emory Park, former Vice President General 
from Georgia; Hon. and Mrs. John S. Braddock, in honor of their daughter, Mrs. 
Katherine Braddock Barrow, at that time State Regent of Arkansas. 

Chairs were given also by the following Chapters: Orlando Chapter, in 
memory of Mrs. Charlotte Louise Lawrence, Nat. No. '181; Colonel Arthur Erwin 
Chapter; Jacksonville Chapter, two chairs; by Oklahoma State Conference; by 
Mary Bartlett Chapter, of the District of Columbia; The Maricopa Chapter, of 
Arizona; Thronateeska Chapter, of Georgia, two chairs; Pelican Chapter; Shreve- 
port 1776-1908 Chapter; Mrs. Laura Lister Alexander; Loyalty Chapter, and the 
Spirit of 76 Chapter, all of Louisiana; by the Yellowstone Park Chapter, Silver 
Bow Chapter, and Oro Fino Chapter, all of Montana; by Cheyenne and Jacques 
Chapters, of Wyoming; by the Chapters in New Hampshire, in honor of Mrs. 
Charles Clemence Abbott, at that time State Regent; by the Jacob Bennett Chapter, 
Lew Wallace and Stephen Watts Kearney Chapters, of New Mexico; by the 
Multnomah Chapter, of Oregon; by the Berks County Chapter, Pennsylvania, in 
honor of Mrs. deB. Randolph Keim; by the Eutaw Chapter, Rebecca Motte 
Chapter, Cowpens Chapter, Daniel Morgan Chapter, and three chairs by the Daugh- 
ters of the American Revolution, of South Carolina; and also by Mrs. Lillian Rozell 
Messenger, Continental Chapter, District of Columbia, and by Mrs. Theodore C. 

Chairs also were given in honor of Mrs. Charles W. Fairbanks and Mrs. Daniel 

The handsome brass Lectern and Bible were the gifts of the Flintlock and 
Powder Horn Chapter, of Rhode Island. The two white marble pedestals, inlaid 
with mosaic, were presented by the Chapters in Nebraska for the platform. Two 
solid silver vases for the table of the President General, were given by Council 
Bluffs Chapter, of Iowa; a silver vase was also presented by Cons'itution Chapter, 
District of Columbia; and the solid silver pitcher and tray, by the Captain Molly 
Pitcher Chapter of the District of Columbia. 

The steps with mahogany rail, leading to the center of the platform, for use 
during the sessions of Continental Congress, are marked on one side by the insignia 
and on the other by the coat of arms of Rhode Island, and were presented by the 
Chapters in Rhode Island. 

On either side of the platform are two handsomely furnished 
stage boxes. A rest room is connected with each box, and suitably 
furnished by those who have taken the boxes as memorials. 

The lower box on the south, known as the "President General's 
Box," was presented and marked by the John Marshall Chapter, of 
Louisville, Ky. 


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The lower box on the north is a memorial from the Colonel Tim- 
othy Bigelow Chapter, of Worcester, Mass. Mrs. Theodore C. Bates, 
formerly Vice President General for Massachusetts, and Chairman in 
charge of the furnishing of the stage boxes, gave the gold inscription 
plate for this box. 

In the dressing-room presented by the Colonel Timothy Bigelow 
Chapter have been placed an inlaid writing table, presented by Junior 
Daughters of Colonel Timothy Bigelow Chapter; a rocking chair, pre- 
sented by Miss Isabel W. Gordon; and two side chairs, donated by 
Mrs. Milton T. Higgins and Miss Mary E. Whiting. A lounge, 
upholstered in red velvet, with cushion and lace mat, were presented 
by Mrs. Theodore C. Bates. A large combination costumer and um- 
brella holder was the gift of Mrs. William T. Forbes, Mrs. E. H. 
Trowbridge, and Mrs. John H. Orr. A smaller combination costumer 
and umbrella holder was presented by Colonel Timothy Bigelow Chap- 
ter, and a gilt-framed mirror was given by Mrs. Theodore C. Bates. 

The upper box on the south has been taken by the Chapters in 
Colorado. Its gold inscription plate was presented by Mrs. Frank 
Wheaton when State Regent. 

In the dressing-room, taken by the Colorado Chapters, have been 
placed a table, a mahogany framed mirror, an arm chair, a side chair 
and a costumer. 

The upper box on the north is a memorial from Wisconsin Chap- 
ters, and the inscription plate was given by the Janesville Chapter in 
honor of Mrs. Ogden H. Fethers, through whose efforts, while State 
Regent, the gift was presented. The John Marshall Chapter has pre- 
sented for its dressing-room an arm chair, arm rocker, side chair, hall 
rack with long mirror, costumer, and a handsome lounge and cushion. 

In the dressing-room furnished by the Wisconsin Chapters has 
been placed an inlaid writing table from Mrs. Ogden Hoffman Fethers. 
From Mrs. Fethers also has come an arm chair, a side chair with 
leather seats, and a colonial mirror in three sections with gilt frame. 
There has also been presented a mahogany framed photograph of Mrs. 
James Sidney Peck, who served Wisconsin as State Regent. 


In providing the mahogany furniture for this room, a style of 



unusual elegance was selected by the Daughters of the American Revo- 
lution of Missouri. 

The coat of arms of the State, carved on mahogany and illumi- 
nated; the sofa, upholstered in black horsehair brocade; the two arm 
and three side chairs with rush seats, the desks, mirror, banjo clock, 
rug and window draperies were presented by the united Chapters of the 

The oil painting of Mrs. John R. Walker, first Vice President 
General of Missouri, was presented by the Kansas City Chapter, and 
the oval table with glass top cover, given by Elizabeth Benton Chapter, 
were, at the time of the St. Louis Exposition, in the room furnished 
by the Missouri Chapters, Daughters of the American Revolution, in 
the Missouri Building. 

The memorial, an ornamental bronze tablet to the famous Pony 

Express, which had its origin in St. Joseph, to carry the mail between 

that city and San Francisco, was presented by the St. Joseph Chapter. 



This room represents a State memorial from the Chapters in Ohio. 
They presented also the general furnishings of the room; the old gold 
damask wall covering, a two-toned, hand-tied Austrian rug which 
matches the royal-blue velvet window and door draperies and table 
cover. The bookcases, desks, typewriter table, and Robert Morris 
chairs were gifts from the Chapters. The State coat of arms is em- 
broidered on velvet, in gold within a border of buckeye leaves. The" 
large center table was presented by the Western Reserve Chapter, of 
Cleveland; the andirons by Fort Industry Chapter, of Toledo; the 
George Washington mirror over the desk by Mr. William L. Otis, of 
Cleveland. The bronze bust, replica of the Houdon bust, was a gift 
of Mrs. A. Howard Hinkle, first State Regent of Ohio, and organizer 
of the Cincinnati Chapter, in memory of her mother. The Cincinnati 
Chapter presented a mahogany framed bas-relief of Mrs. John A. 
Murphy, one of Ohio's State Regents. The large mahogany chest 
was the gift of Mrs. Mary S. Lockwood, in memory of her daughter, 
Lilian Lockwood, and the stenographer's table to be used on the plat- 
form during the sessions of Congress was given by Miss Cora C. Mill- 



For the protection of the many valuable books possessed by the 
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the 
Mary Washington Chapter, the first organized and the largest in the 
District of Columbia, undertook the work of providing modern equip- 
ment, steel stacks, and furnishings for this room. These consist of 
double reading desks, Windsor chairs, two George Washington desks, 
two large tables, revolving and straight desk chairs, a secretary, a 
cabinet, a card catalogue case, brass fireplace furnishings and a mantel 
mirror. The velvet rugs and silk brocade window draperies are a rest- 
ful delicate green. The oil portrait of Mrs. Mary S. Lockwood, 
which hangs above the desk of the Librarian General, was the gift of 
the artist, Miss Aline E. Solomons. It was through the interest and 
untiring energy of Miss Solomons while Librarian General that the 
funds needed to complete this were secured. Mrs. Lockwood has been 
the recipient of many gifts from the Society while in office as Historian 
General, Librarian General, and State Regent of the District of Colum- 
bia, and in her present office of Chaplain General. It was through her 
gifted pen that the interest of the women of the country was aroused to 
organize the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revo- 
lution. The replica of George Washington by Houdon was presented 
in 1905 by Miss Elizabeth Bryant Johnston, for two terms Historian 
General. A handsome bronze inkstand for the desk of the Librarian 
General was the gift of Miss Frances Benjamin Johnston. A quaint 
arm chair from the Dolly Madison House, the temporary home of 
President and Mrs. Madison during the rebuilding of the White House 
after it had been burned by the British during the War of 1812; an 
antique divan from the home of Thomas McKean, a signer of the Dec- 
laration of Independence, and his portrait were gifts from his descend- 
ants. Seven thousand volumes, almost entirely reference books per- 
taining to the History of the United States and its people, principally 
gifts, make this a very notable room. 

Besides the gifts already mentioned the library has received most 
important donations of valuable books from individuals, Chapters, and 
States, a number being given as memorials. 

The Georgia "Daughters" presented the bronze tablet with bas- 



relief portrait of Mrs. Emily Hendree Park and a large number of 
books to be known as the Emily Hendree Park Memorial. 

The Philadelphia Chapter has given over one hundred books, and 
Mrs. Robert Alexander, of that Chapter, has made the library a mem- 
ber of the Pennsylvania Historical Society. 

The Baltimore Chapter has given a number of unpublished as 
well as published records; and the Prudence Wright Chapter, of Pep- 
perell, Mass., several hundred copies of back numbers of the magazine 
to be used as needed. 

Though nearly all the States have given to the library, Connecticut, 
Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and 
Virginia have made the library a special feature. 

The State officers of Ohio have given a large five-volume History 
of Ohio. 

The largest individual gift of books was from Mrs. Watson A. 
Bowron, of one hundred and fifty-six volumes. Through Mrs. Charles 
H. Bond, Vice President General of Massachusetts, one hundred and 
twelve volumes of the Vital Records of Massachusetts were given, and 
the following have presented twenty or more volumes: Miss Sophie 
Pearce Casey, Mrs. Amos G. Draper, Mrs. R. S. Hatcher, Mrs. Wil- 
liam Lindsay, Miss Blandina Miller, Mrs. George M. Sternberg, Mrs. 
Charles Terry, and Mrs. Joshua Wilbour. 



This memorial room, with its substantial business furniture, its 
beautiful window draperies, and tablet, was presented to the Society 
by the Chapters of Iowa. A banjo clock was the gift of the Rose 
Standish Chapter. Two roll top desks were given by the Abigail 
Adams and Council Bluffs Chapters. The Stars and Stripes, Francis 
Shaw, Mary Brewster, Keokuk, Penelope Van Princes, and Council 
Bluffs Chapters united in giving six flat top desks. Two revolving 
arm chairs were presented by the Spinning Wheel and De Shon Chap- 
ters. The New Castle, Denison, Revolutionary Dames, Guthrie Center, 
and Waucoma Chapters gave the six cane-seated revolving typewriter 
chairs. The large table was presented by the Dubuque Chapter. 



Mahogany furniture of a design most convenient for business pur- 
poses has been provided by the Maryland Chapters for this room. 
Among the pieces given are a long case for the large books, desks, type- 
writer tables and chairs, table, and card catalogue case. 

The Maryland coat of arms and the framed photographs of 
Maryland officers of the Revolution were given by Maryland Line 
Chapter, of Baltimore. 

The small, but exquisite, portrait of Samuel Chase, a signer of 
the Declaration of Independence, was presented by Mrs. J. Pembroke 
Thorn, State Regent, at the Nineteenth Continental Congress. 

A large and very handsome oil portrait of Mrs. A. Leo Knott, 
Honorary Vice President General, and founder of the Daughters of 
the American Revolution in Maryland, was presented as a memorial 
by her husband. 

The oil painting, "The Burning of the Peggy Stewart" pre- 
sented for this room by the Peggy Stewart Tea Party Chapter, of 
Annapolis, is a copy, half the size of the original, made by Miss Kath- 
erine Walton, through the courtesy of the Board of Public Works, of 
the painting by the late Frank B. Mayer, which hangs in the State 
House. The hull of the Peggy Stewart, badly charred and fastened 
by wooden pegs in the place of nails, was brought up by dredges in 
enlarging the harbor at the Naval Academy in 1 906, and was presented 
to the Chapter. The history of the burning of the Peggy Stewart, 
framed with some of this historic wood, accompanies the painting. 

During the Twenty-third Continental Congress the Thomas John- 
son Chapter presented a portrait of Thomas Johnson, the first Gov- 
ernor of Maryland. This portrait is a very faithful copy by Waldeman 
Dietrich, of Baltimore, from the Johnson family group by Charles Wil- 
son Peale, which hangs in the Gallery of the Maryland Historical 


This memorial room has been conveniently and artistically fur- 
nished by thp Chapters of Tennessee. 



The window draperies are in rich dark blue plush. 

The rug was given by Cumberland Chapter, and the tall clock 
by Hermitage Chapter. 

The Watauga Chapter presented a desk in honor of the State 
Regent, Mrs. Thomas Day, a member of the Chapter. The door of 
the vault, which is built into the north wall of this room, is the gift 
of Mr. Thomas Sawyer Spivey, through Mrs. Donald McLean. 

Margaret Gaston Chapter presented a portrait of Andrew Jack- 
son framed in rough hickory. 

Colonel Thomas McCrory Chapter has given a painting of "The 
Hermitage and Tomb of President Jackson." 

A desk from Commodore Perry Chapter, two desk chairs, from 
Old Glory and David Craig Chapters, two arm chairs, rush seated, 
from Adam Dale and Shelby Chapters, mahogany and gilt-framed 
mirror in three section?, given by Chicamauga Chapter, oval mahogany 
table by Col. Hardy Murfree Chapter, mahogany costumer by Sam- 
uel Doak Chapter, Guest Book from Commodore Lawrence Chapter. 

The Museum, opening out on the Memorial Portico, was the 
gift of the New York City Chapter. The large Sixteenth Century 
tapestry, "The Conqueror's Return," was presented by Mrs. Margaret 
Irwin Hays, of Pittsburgh Chapter, Pennsylvania. Two antique chairs 
with rush seats, which were brought to this country in the Mayflower, 
were presented by Mrs. Donald McLean, while President General. 
The antique mirror above the mantel, presented by Mrs. S. V. White, 
was buried near Hartford, Connecticut, at the time of the American 
Revolution, for eight years. A tapestry picture of the Last Supper, 
made in 1770, was presented by Mrs. Sarah M. Lounsberry. A 
painting of the Bradley Flag, with typewritten account of same, was 
the gift of Maria Gilbert Bradley. A large carved armchair, uphol- 
stered in leather, was presented by Mrs. Jauvier Le Due. The fire- 
back came from the home of General Benjamin Lincoln, at Hingham, 
and was the gift of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the 
State of Massachusetts. The model of the old frigate Constitution was 
presented to the Society by the District of Columbia Society of the 
Sons of the American Revolution. The old rose damask and lace 


window draperies, glass cases and brass fenders were given by the 
New York City Chapter, which also presented five cases for exhibiting 
Revolutionary relics. Captain Robert Nichols Chapter, of New York, 
also has made a contribution for the purchase of additional cases. A 
large double case is a donation from Wyoming Chapters. 

The John Hancock desk is a gift from Minute Men Chapter, of 
Massachusetts, and was formerly in the Massachusetts room. 

A large revolving stand is filled with illustrations from the maga- 
zine published by the National Society, and every effort is being put 
forth to make the Museum attractive and of value to the Revolutionary 


There are five pairs of sliding mahogany doors on the north side 
of the museum, and five pairs on the south side of the library, con- 
necting these rooms with the auditorium. These ten pairs of doors 
were given by the following Chapters: Tuscarora Chapter, of Bing- 
hamton, New York; Elizabeth Jackson, Lucy Holcombe, and Colum- 
bia Chapters, of the District of Columbia ; Letitia Green Stevenson 
Chapter, of Bloomington, Illinois, in honor of Mrs. Adlai E. Steven- 
son and Mrs. Matthew T. Scott, Honorary Presidents General ; the 
Mary^ Floyd Tallmadge Chapter, of Litchfield, Connecticut, in memory 
of the four hundred sons of the town, who served with honor in the 
American Revolution; the Sarah Caswell Angell Chapter, of Ann 
Arbor, Michigan; Colorado Chapter, of Denver, Colorado; Wenonah 
Chapter, of Winona, Minnesota, and Sabra Trumbull Chapter, of 


Thirteen monolithic columns support the roof of the Memorial 
Portico on the south side of the building. These columns were all 
presented by the Chapters or Legislatures of the thirteen original States. 
The Chapters of Illinois gave the pediments of this Memorial Portico 
and the columns are named for the States in the order in which the 
thirteen original States entered the Union — Delaware, Pennsylvania, 
New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South 
Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and 
Rhode Island. 


RIXEPTION ROOM— District of Columei 

The Connecticut column was presented by the members of the 
Society in that State in grateful recognition of the faithful and per- 
manent work of Mrs. Sara Thomson Kinney, who served them as State 
Regent for ten years. 



All the furnishings for this memorial room were made in Illinois. 
It has been handsomely furnished by the Chapters of the State with 
chairs of quaint design with brocaded green haircloth seats, armchairs 
upholstered in leather, a revolving armchair, small armchair with May- 
flower panel back, small rocker of same design, upholstered in terra 
cotta velour. Two typewriter desks with chairs, two file cases, a card 
catalogue case, a large table, a Washington desk, a roll top desk, and 
a cabinet have been provided for the needs of the office. The large 
mantel mirror with gilt frame was the gift of the Rebecca Park Chap- 
ter. The mahogany and gilt French mirror in three sections was pre- 
sented by Amor Patriae Chapter. The John Paul Jones chest was 
presented by Copeland P. Jones. The bronze statuette of George 
Rogers Clark was sent by the George Rogers Clark Chapter. Two 
brass candlesticks and brass and crystal candelabra have been given. 
A mahogany framed engraving of "Franklin at the Court of St. James" 
was presented by Mrs. Alice Bradford Wiles. An oil painting of 
George Rogers Clark was presented by the Fincastle Chapter, of Louis- 
ville, Ky., and a candlestand once owned by William Penn was the 
gift of Susan Gibbons Duval. 


District of Columbia 

The following named Chapters of the District of Columbia con- 
tributed to this room as a memorial the articles mentioned below: 

Dolly Madison, Continental, Columbia, Manor House, Elizabeth 
Jackson, Constitution, American, Mary Bartlett, Lucy Holcombe, 
Potomac, Thirteen Colonies, Sara Franklin, Livingston Manor, Our 
Flag, and Emily Nelson: Revolving book stand, two rocking chairs, 
rug, lace and damask curtains, one chair, and a mahogany desk. 

Mrs. Mary Bell Harrison presented two chairs in memory of 



four Revolutionary ancestors. The window draperies, of handsome 
buff damask, were given by Continental Chapter. The Colonial writ- 
ing desk was given by Our Flag Chapter in honor of Mrs. Ellen 
Spencer Mussey, during whose term as State Regent the money for 
this room was contributed. 

A desk chair was presented by Livingston Manor Chapter; a 
chair by Judge Lynn Chapter; a picture of "A Visit of Washington 
to Monticello," by Monticello Chapter; a pen and ink line drawing 
of "Washington in the Heart of His Country," by Major L'Enfant 
Chapter; a large mahogany drop leaf table, bequeathed by Mr. Lock- 
wood, and a picture donated by Mrs. Sarah Hall Johnston, of the 
Mary Washington Chapter. In the room is hung a beautiful portrait 
in oil by Miss Aline E. Solomons of Miss Mary Desha, one of the 
founders of the Society. This gift was made possible by contributions 
secured by the Mary Desha Memorial Committee. 


The elevator is erected as a memorial from the estate of Miss Ella 
A. Bartlett to her great-grandfather, Josiah Bartlett, a signer of the 
Declaration of Independence and first Governor of New Hampshire. 
Miss Bartlett became interested in the Society through Mrs. Amos G. 
Draper, and joined the Chapter in the District of Columbia which bears 
the name of her great-grandmother, Mary Bartlett. 

On the wall in the South Corridor, north of the elevator, is a 
bronze tablet, designed by Mrs. Sallie Farnham of New York, and 
bearing the following inscription: 

"This elevator was given in memory of JosiAH BARTLETT, 
Signer of the Declaration of Independence, and MARY BARTLETT, his 
wife, by one of their descendants." 

Above the inscription is the bronze reproduction of a portrait of 
Josiah Bartlett, by Trumbull; and below it is a reproduction of his 
home in Kingston, N. H. 

A large bronze tablet in the South Corridor, a memorial to the 
"Heroes of the Independence" was the gift of Madame Lefevre. 

In the North Corridor a drinking fountain and tablet were donated 
by the Army and Navy Chapter, District of Columbia. 




This room is the memorial gift to the Society from the Chapters 
in Alabama. The furnishings of the room are handsome old gold 
brocade window draperies and table cover, lace curtains and rug. 
There are five chairs and a beautiful colonial sofa upholstered in the 
same brocade. The carved chair is from "Belle Mina," the mansion 
of Thomas Bibb, first Governor of the State, and was presented by 
his great-granddaughter, Mrs. E. P. Garrett, through the John Wade 
Keyes Chapter, of Athens. There is a round center table with claw 
feet, and an escretoire, iv t eal antique, which is the gift of Mrs. Nora 
E. Miller, of Tohopeka Chapter. 

In this room is hung «n oil portrait of Mrs. J. Morgan Smith, 
who served as State Regent of Alabama; who later held the office of 
Vice President General, and who is at present Honorary Vice Presi- 
dent General. 

The chandelier and wall lights were donated by the Chapters of 
the State. 


The Indiana Chapters have sent many beautiful and useful gifts 
of furniture for this memorial room. The Caroline Scott Harrison 
Chapter, of Indianapolis, gave the magnificent floor clock in memory 
of Mrs. Harrison, our first President General, in whose honor the 
Chapter was named. This Chapter gave also a colonial sofa, and the 
Indianapolis Chapter a bookcase and chair in honor of Mrs. Charles 
W. Fairbanks, Honorary President General. The Vanderburgh 
Chapter, of Evansville, gave the center table and cover in honor of 
Mrs. John W. Foster, an Honorary President General. 

General Arthur St. Clair Chapter, of Indianapolis, sent a filing 
cabinet in honor of Mrs. John N. Carey, Vice President General 
1 904-'06. The mantel mirror, candelabra, and fireplace set were 
given by the General De Lafayette and Oliver Ellsworth Chapters, 
of Lafayette, in honor of Mrs. James M. Fowler, at one time Vice 


President General. The Samuel Huntington Chapter gave a hand- 
some chair, upholstered in tapestry, for the use of the President General, 
and a mahogany foot rest, upholstered in tapestry, was presented by 
Fort Harrison Chapter. The Paul Revere Chapter, of Muncie, sent 
a colonial secretary. The Richmond Chapter sent a large carved table, 
and rugs and chairs were given by State Chapters jointly. 

Mrs. Donald McLean presented an antique writing desk; and 
Mr. and Mrs. Williard T. Block, of Chicago, Illinois, presented the 
large handsome tiger skin rug. Mrs. James H. Aldrich gave the buff 
brocade window draperies, lace curtains, and wing chair. Mrs. 
Hawkins, Regent of the Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter, presented the 
silk flag and the Daughters of the American Revolution standard. 

An oil portrait of Mrs. Cornelia Cole Fairbanks, who presided 
over the First Continental Congress held in Memorial Continental Hall, 
in 1905, was presented by her friends. Mrs. Fairbanks turned the 
first spadeful of earth for the erection of the flagpole on the site pur- 
chased the year before. The first flag unfurled from this flagpole was 
presented by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revo- 
lution. Mrs. Fairbanks presided also over the ceremonies attending 
the laying of the cornerstone of the building, April 19th, 1904, during 
the Thirteenth Continental Congress. 

An oil portrait of Mrs. Donald McLean, President General from 
1905 to 1909, presented by her friends, also adorns the walls of this 
room. Mrs. Lilliam Pike Roome presented a very valuable and hand- 
some silver tea set which has been set aside for the use of the President 
General. A handsome chandelier was given as a memorial to the late 
Mrs. Georgia Stockton Hatcher by General de Lafayette Chapter, of 


This room, set aside for the meetings of the National Board of 
Management, was the gift of Mrs. John T. Manson, of New Haven, 
a memorial to her ancestors, heroes of the American Revolution, and 
is known as the Connecticut Room. The furnishing of this room in- 
cludes the decoration of the walls, a magnificent mahogany table 


around which the Board gathers at each monthly meeting; a stenog- 
rapher's table and chair, and twenty-one carved chairs, eight of them 
having the insignia of the Society and thirteen having the coat of arms 
of the original thirteen States, in color on the carved backs. These 
chairs are upholstered in blue velour. 

There are also eighteen plain chairs, a blue velvet rug woven for 
this room, a handsome mantel mirror, and a marble memorial tablet 
to Col. Tobias Lear, Private Secretary to General Washington, and 
George Piffer (Piper), who distinguished himself at the battle of 
Germantown. Eve Lear, wife of Captain Piper, showed her patriotism 
by giving three hundred and twenty-five pounds in gold, her entire for- 
tune, for the purchase of shoes and clothing for her husband's company 
at Valley Forge. 

Mrs. Manson, the donor of this room, is the great-granddaughter 
of Captain George Piper and Eve Lear, his wife. The window 
draperies are of blue satin embroidered in gold, and the lace curtains 
are of star and stripe design, made expressly for this room. The chair 
for the President General is an exact reproduction of the one used by 
Washington when presiding over the Constitutional Convention in Inde- 
pedence Hall. An illuminated sun decorates the carving of the back 
of the chair. The handsome footstools, upholstered in blue velour, 
were given by the Connecticut Chapters. Three magnificent crystal 
and gold chandeliers complete the furnishings of this beautiful room. 

New York 

This room is a memorial to the Founders of the National Society 
of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is known as the 
New York room. The Chapters of this State united in providing an 
office desk, a typewriter desk, chairs, filing cabinet, a green velvet rug, 
lace curtains, and green brocaded silk window and door draperies. The 
carved mantel piece is the gift of the Philip Schuyler Chapter, of Troy. 
The exquisitely carved desk for the use of the Recording Secretary 
General, and the bookcase were presented by the Tioughnioga Chapter, 
of Courtland. 

The armchair, of original design, was presented by Mildred War- 


ner Washington Chapter, of Monmouth, Illinois, in honor of Miss 
Mary Desha, one of the Founders. Mrs. Ellen Hardin Walworth, 
one of the Founders, presented an antique desk owned by her daughter, 
which is reserved for Mrs. Walworth's personal use, and also a colonial 
sofa. The fireplace set was given by the White Plains Chapter. The 
De-on-go-wa Chapter, of Batavia, and the Madison Chapter, of Ham- 
ilton, united in giving the filing cabinet. The illuminated coat of arms 
of the State over the mantel was presented by the Buffalo Chapter. 

The chair of old English chain design, from the Catherine 
Schuyler Chapter, is in memory of Mrs. S. V. White. The carved 
chair was presented by the Bronx Chapter in honor of Mrs. Joseph S. 
Wood, at that time State Regent. The Gansevoort Chapter, of 
Albany, gave the large table. A historic mahogany folding table, on 
which George and Martha Washington ate their supper, accompanied 
by two framed affidavits as to its authenticity, was presented by Joseph- 
ine Voorhees Wilder. 

A framed original autograph poem by Dolly Madison, dated 
1848, was presented by the Women of '76 Chapter. The Benjamin 
Prescott Chapter gave a colonial floor clock. An oil portrait of Mrs. 
Ellen Hardin Walworth and a picture of her daughter, Reubina Hyde 
Walworth, who gave her life as a nurse during the Spanish-American 
War, adorn the walls of this room. 



This room was furnished by the Chapters of Texas, in memory 
of Mrs. John Lane Henry, who died while Regent of the State. 

The following pieces of substantial office furniture were bought 
and sent from Texas: a double desk, typewriter desk and chair, three 
arm chairs, and a filing cabinet. The ornamental pieces of furniture 
are a tall floor clock, a mirror — the frame of which was especially 
designed for the room — the coat of arms of the State University, the 
coat of arms of Texas in color, the gift of the Lady Washington Chap- 
ter, and the Washington coat of arms, as a memorial to George Wash- 
ington by George Washington Chapter, and large mahogany table. A 
handsome Persian rug and window draperies were donated by the 




The decorations of walls and ceiling, the Kermansha rug, curtains 
and draperies were contributed as a memorial by the Massachusetts 

The center chandelier was presented by Old South Chapter, Bos- 
ton; copy of "America" in the author's handwriting, presented by 
Old South Chapter in memory of its founder, Mrs. Laura Wentworth 
Fowler; cornice and holdbacks for window, and antique shawl, pre- 
sented by Attleboro Chapter; pair of electric side brackets, presented 
by Paul Revere Chapter, Boston ; ancient tapestry, presented by John 
Hancock Chapter, Boston ; chair from the Josiah Quincy Mansion, 
presented by Mrs. Edward B. Kellogg, Regent of John Hancock Chap- 
ter; chair in memory of Mrs. Samuel Elliot, the first State Regent of 
Massachusetts, presented by Warren and Prescott Chapter, of Boston ; 
guest book, presented by Abigail Phillips Quincy Chapter, Wollaston; 
table, which belonged to Miss Rebecca Warren Brown, and which 
had been in the Warren Family for several generations, and gavel and 
ruler made of historic wood, and photographs, which belonged to Miss 
Brown, presented by Warren and Prescott Chapter, founded by Miss 

An oil portrait of Mrs. Marshall Calkins, the first Chapter Regent 
in Massachusetts to be confirmed by the National Board, presented by 
Mercy Warren Chapter, of Springfield; colonial mirror, presented by a 
Real Daughter, through Col. Timothy Bigelow Chapter, of Worcester, 
of which she was a member (the mirror was restored by the Chapter) ; 
antique card table, presented by Miss Floretta Vining, Regent of John 
Adams Chapter, Boston; antique sofa, presented by four South Shore 
Chapters of Massachusetts — Old Colony, Col. Thomas Lothrop, Chief 
Justice Cushing, and Susanah Tufts ; antique clock, presented by Boston 
Tea Party Chapter, Boston; antique candelabra, presented by Mrs. 
Henry M. Thompson, of Molly Varnum Chapter, Lowell, and a pair 
of cut crystal candlesticks, presented by Old Blake House Chapter, 
of Dorchester. 


CERTIFICATE ROOM— Massachusetts 



This room has been exquisitely furnished by Michigan Chapters 
and individual members in memory and appreciation of the work of 
Mrs. William J. Chittenden, at one time State Regent. 

The walls are covered with a silk brocade of old blue, also the 
upholstered davenports and chairs. The same color is employed in the 
floor rug and window draperies. Two candlesticks and a handsome 
book rest add greatly to the furnishing of the room. 

The davenport and six chairs were presented by the Sophie de 
Marsac Campau Chapter, of Grand Rapids, being a memorial to Mrs. 
Harvey J. Hollister; the desk table is the gift of Mrs. James P. Bray- 
ton, in memory of Michigan's three Real Daughters who died in 1 909. 

The State coat of arms was also the gift of Mrs. Brayton while 
State Regent; the electric lighting fixtures are the gift of the Louisa 
St. Clair Chapter, of Detroit. 

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton Chapter presented the guest book. 


New Jersey 

The Daughters of the American Revolution in the State of New 
Jersey accomplished a splendid work in fashioning the woodwork and 
furniture of this memorial room from the historic oak of the British 
frigate Augusta, which sunk during the battle of Red Bank, New 
Jersey, October 23, Mil, off the property of the great-grandmother 
of Miss Ellen Mecum. 

With Miss Mecum, when State Regent of New Jersey, originated 
the idea of using for this purpose the timbers or the great ship, which 
had remained in the waters of the Delaware River for so many years. 
She was enthusiastically assisted by Miss Ellen Learning Matlock, who 
made an exhaustive study of eighteenth century furniture. The 
Jacobean style was selected, and a chair of that period which is on 
exhibition near York, England, was taken as a model, and the result 
proves the wisdom of this choice. The color of the Augusta oak grew 
lighter toward the center of the timbers, and the different shades of 
silver gray are most attractive. 

Many Chapters contributed generously for the furniture. Nova 


Caesarea presented the settee; Camp Middlebrook a chair and pedestal; 
Colonel Lowrey and Princeton Chapters each gave a chair; General 
Frelinghuysen Chapter an arm chair; Boudinot a handsome table; 
Broad Seal the illuminated parchment, and Annis Stockton Chapter 
plate glass for the top of the lectern. 

Iron, hand-beaten and wrought from the anchor of the Augusta, 
was used in making the chandelier presented to Miss Mecum by the 
members of the Society in the State and donated by her to the National 
Society for the New Jersey room. Four tall candlestands of the oak 
were presented by Mrs. E. Gaylord Putnam while Vice President 

Copies of the portraits of the five Signers of the Declaration of 
Independence for New Jersey, which hang in this room, were the 
suggestion of Mrs. Putnam. The New Jersey Chapters presented the 
frames, which are of the same design as that of the original portrait of 
Richard Stockton, by Sully, owned by Mrs. Alex T. McGill, of 
Jersey City. The original portrait of President Witherspoon hangs in 
Nassau Hall, Princeton University. The originals of Abram Clark, 
John Hart and Francis Hopkinson hang in Independence Hall, 

The Bible presented to the room by the Regent of the Orange 
Mountain Chapter, Mrs. Frances W. Turrell, "was made by the 
American Colony in Jerusalem, bound with the wood of Olivet." 


Furnishings for this interesting room have been presented by Cali- 
fornia Chapters and Chapter members as follows: Eschscholtzia Chap- 
ter, of Los Angeles, the davenport; Mrs. James W. Johnson, Regent 
of this Chapter, oil painting, "Springtime at San Juan Capistrano 
Mission," erected in 1776; Mrs. M. J. Monnette, Colonial clock; 
Mrs. Gideon C. Moody, table; Mrs. Frederick C. Fisher and Mrs. 
Asa W. Stedman, sisters, a valuable photogravure by V. je Parades, 
"Washington's First Reception" ; Mrs. Thomas B. Tomb, of Los An- 
geles, three Persian rugs; State Regent Mrs. W. W. Stilson, a sculptural 
panel in low relief, representing California and the National Society of 
the Daughters of the American Revolution, by the distinguished sculptor, 


Julia Bracken Wendt. This panel rests on an especially designed 
shelf presented by Mrs. Eno Pepper and her daughters, Mrs. 
Leon H. Hurtt and Miss Elizabeth Pepper. The George Washing- 
ton desk was given by Sequoia Chapter, the oldest in the State. The 
three framed groups of pictures of the California Missions, presented 
by Mrs. Amelia W. Truesdale, of Sequoia Chapter, are of special 
historical value, as many of these Missions are no longer in existence. 
A handsome arm chair and the window draperies were donated by 
Puerta del Oro Chapter; the picture of the Mission Dolores of St. 
Francis Assisi, erected in 1 776 and painted by Alice B. Chittenden, 
was presented by California Chapter. Pasadena Chapter gave the 
candlestand; Aurantia Chapter, a writing desk; Sierra Chapter, a 
Colonial mirror; Santa Monica Chapter, a pedestal; Berkeley Hills 
Chapter and Tamalpais Chapter united in giving a chair; Holly- 
wood Chapter, Encinitas Chapter and Santa Ysabel Chapter each gave 
a chair; Copo de Oro Chapter, a pair of candlesticks about 150 years 
old; Rubidoux Chapter, the frieze of California poppies especially 
designed for the room; Golden West Chapter, the guest book; Gaviota 
Chapter also contributed to the furnishing of the room. 



Furnishings for this room were presented by the Chapters of the 
State in groups and singly. 

The Cranberry Island rug in green and brown tones has the pine 
cone design, and is the product of an industry of one of the coastal 
islands of Maine. 

The principal pieces of furniture are of the Chinese Chippen- 
dale pattern. 

The mantel in this room is from a house formerly occupied by 
Henry Clay during his stay in Washington, and was presented by 
Miss Mary Lawton, of Washington, D. C. 

The mahogany pedestal and case, with ceiling electric lamp from 
the U. S. Battleship Maine, was presented by the Navy Department. 
A mahogany framed copy of the tablet in memory of those who per- 



ished when the U. S. Battleship Maine was sunk in Havana harbor 
is the gift of the Maine Chapters. 

The hand-painted coat of arms, gilt framed, was presented by 
Elizabeth Wadsworth Chapter. 

The Children of the American Revolution have contributed gen- 
erously to the general building fund for Memorial Continental Hall. 
They also presented this memorial room andl furnished it. A very 
handsome arm chair was presented by the Old North Bridge Society, 
of Concord, Massachusetts, in honor of the Founder, Mrs. Daniel 
Lothrop. Another arm chair was presented to the National Society 
of the Children of the American Revolution by the General Sullivan 
Society, of Elmira, New York. A picture was given by the Hiawatha 
Society. The memorial bronze tablet was presented by Mrs. Daniel 
Lothrop. There are also in the room a large center table, two large 
bookcases, a desk, a secretary, several small chairs, and a handsome 
hall clock and rug. 


Miss Floretta Vining, Regent of John Adams Chapter, of Boston, 
gave the following list of antique furnishings for the Rest Room: High 
posted bed with draperies, trundle bed and furnishings, wash-stand 
and china set, two dressers, two tables, one with folding top; eight 
rush-seated chairs, warming pan and footstool, two mirrors, a musical 
instrument, large desk, hair-covered trunk, spinning wheel and winding 
stand, tea tray, glass vase, silver coffee urn, Jacobs family coat of arms, 
three samplers, certificate of membership in Bunker Hill Monument 
Association, and a picture of the donor of these furnishings. 



This room and its furnishings were gifts from the Virginia Chap- 
ters. The round, inlaid dining table was given by the Daughters of the 
American Revolution in Virginia, in honor of Mrs. William Wirt 
Henry, their first State Regent. The inlaid serving table in honor of 
Mrs. Margaret Hetzel was the gift of her daughter, Mrs. Margaret 
Riviere Pendleton. Two mahogany arm chairs, upholstered in leather, 
were presented by the Stuart Chapter. Four side chairs, with up- 
holstered seats, a round candlestand, brass andirons, and a fender, 
and the hand-painted coat of arms of the Washington family, framed 
in Flemish oak, were given by members of the Society in the State. 

A mahogany framed mirror, decorated in gilt, in three sections, 
was the gift of Falls Church Chapter; an inlaid Adams buffet in 
memory of Mrs. Peyton Leftwich Terry came from the Margaret Lynn 
Lewis Chapter; an inlaid china closet, a tribute to Mrs. Eliza Selden 
Washington Hunter, was given by Mount Vernon Chapter; an oil 
painting of Francis Lightfoot Lee was presented by Commonwealth 
Chapter ; a gilt framed portrait of Dolly Madison was loaned by Dolly 
Madison Chapter; a mahogany framed etching of Christ Church, 
Alexandria, was presented by Fairfax County Chapter, and a ma- 
hogany framed miniature of Patrick Henry was given by Common- 
wealth Chapter. 

The marble coat of arms of the State of Virginia was the gift of 
the Chapters. The work on this coat of arms was a gift from the 
sculptor, Sir Moses Ezekiel, himself a Virginian. The oil painting of 
Chief Justice Marshall was presented by Fort Nelson Chapter. 


West Virginia 
The Chapters of the State of West Virginia have paid for this 
room as a memorial, and furnished it with six chairs, a quaintly shaped 
table, with nine drawers, and a handsome mirror and rug. A large 
and beautifully made State flag was given by the West Augusta Chap- 
ter. The six chairs were presented by the following Chapters: Col. 
John Evans, Daniel Davisson, Elizabeth Ludington Hagans, Elizabeth 
Zane, John Hart, and William Haymond. John Hart Chapter also 
presented the andirons. 



This room was the gift to the State of Delaware from Mrs. Louise 
Mahon Furbee and Mrs. Harriette Warrick Mahon in memory of their 
sister, Mrs. Caroline Peterson Mahon Dennison. The Chapters of the 
State united in giving the mahogany table and four Robert Morris 
chairs. The rug was presented by the Caesar Rodney Chapter, of 
Wilmington; the sofa, a fac simile of the Washington sofa in Inde- 
pendence Hall, was a gift from Mrs. Eugene du Pont; and the Co- 
lonial pewter platter, a family heirloom, was donated by Mrs. John M. 

The Chapters presented also a beautiful mantel mirror framed 
in mahogany. 


This beautiful room in its decoration carries into effect the colors 
adopted by the National Society of the Daughters of the American 
Revolution. The blending of blue and white on side walls and ceiling 
is emphasized in the darker blue of hair cloth on chairs and sofa. The 
furniture is entirely of mahogany. 

Each article, dining tables, side tables, sideboard, chairs, silver, 
china, and even the smallest article in the fireplace has been the tribute 
of Chapters and individuals, throughout the Society, to this Memorial 

A list of these gifts follows: 

SIDEBOARD, Gaspee Chapter, Rhode Island. 

DINING TABLES, Mrs. Matthew T. Scott, Letitia Green Stevenson Chap- 
ter, Illinois; Old South Chapter, Massachusetts; Jamestown Chapter, New York; 
Brookville Chapter, Pennsylvania; Pittsburg Chapter, Pennsylvania. 

SERVING TABLES, Captain Molly Pitcher Chapter, District of Columbia; 
Elgin Chapter, Illinois Chapter, Illinois; Omaha Chapter, Nebraska; Spirit of Lib- 
erty Chapter, Utah. 

SOFAS, Mrs. Helen A. Linthicum, Baltimore Chapter, Maryland; Mrs. 
Horace N. Dyer, Ann Story Chapter, Vermont. 

KNIFE HOLDERS, Mrs. Charles H. Pinney, Sarah Riggs Humphreys Chap- 
ter, Connecticut; Livingston Manor Chapter, District of Columbia. 

PAINTING, "The Capture of Andre," by Mrs. Charles W. Bassett. 

BANJO CLOCK, Dorothy Ripley Chapter, of Connecticut. 

BRASS ANDIRONS, Minnesink Chapter, New York. 

BRASS FENDERS, Margaret Whettier Chapter, District of Columbia. 

BRASS FIRE SET, Board of Directors, Chicago Chapter, Illinois. 

CURTAINS, Chicago Chapter, Illinois. 

PRESIDENT GENERAL'S CHAIR, Old South Chapter, Massachusetts 


CHAIRS AND INSCRIPTION PLATES, Maricopa Chapter, Arizona; 
Colonel Martin Picket Chapter, Arkansas; Little Rock Chapter, Arkansas; Pine 
Bluff Chapter, Arkansas; Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter, Connecticut; Dolly Madi- 
son Chapter, District of Columbia; John Hall Chapter, District of Columbia; Liv- 
ingston Manor Chapter, District of Columbia; Lucy Holcombe Chapter, District of 
Columbia; Mrs. A. G. Draper, Mary Bartlett Chapter, District of Columbia; Miss 
Catherine Polkinhorn, Our Flag Chapter, District of Columbia; Ruth Brewster 
Chapter, District of Columbia; Samuel Gorton Chapter, District of Columbia; 
Sarah St. Clair Chapter, District of Columbia; Wendell Wolfe Chapter, District of 
Columbia; Xavier Chapter, Georgia; Mrs. Clara C. Becker, Chicago Chapter, Illi- 
nois; Princeton Chapter, Illinois; Mrs. George A. Lawrence, Rebecca Park Chap- 
ter, Illinois; Miss Amaryllis Gillert, Springfield Chapter, Illinois; Mrs. Clara A. 
Cooley, Dubuque Chapter, Iowa; Mrs. Clara Rosser Dennis, St. Asaph Chapter, 
Kentucky; Prairie Manou Chapter, Louisiana; Mrs. Tabitha J. Hence, Baltimore 
Chapter, Maryland; Mrs. Ella V. Holloway, Baltimore Chapter, Maryland; Miss 
Bertha V. Merrick, Baltimore Chapter, Maryland; Mrs. W. B. Swindell, Baltimore 
Chapter, Maryland; General Smallwood Chapter, Maryland; John Eager Howard 
Chapter, Maryland; Mrs. Emily Cummings Ellis, Mordecai Gist Chapter, Mary- 
land; Abiah Folger Franklin Chapter, Massachusetts; Miss Mary M. Parsons, 
Betty Allen Chapter, Massachusetts; Deborah Sampson Chapter, Massachusetts; 
Hannah Winthrop Chapter, Massachusetts; Lexington Chapter, Massachusetts; Mrs. 
Frank D. Ellison, Old South Chapter, Massachusetts; Old State House Chaoter, 
Massachusetts; Paul Revere Chapter, Massachusetts; Hannah Mcintosh Cady Chap- 
tar, Michigan; Lafayette-Lexington Chapter, Missouri; Montezuma Chapter, Ne- 
vada; Battle Pass Chapter, New York; General Nicholas Herkimer Chapter, New 
York; Mahwenawasigh Chapter, New York; Onondaga Chapter, New York; 
Thomas Polk Chapter, North Carolina; Hetuck Chapter, Ohio; Bradford Chapter, 
Pennsylvania; Donegal Chapter, Pennsylvania; Liberty Bell Chapter, Pennsylvania; 
Mrs. Robert Alexander, Philadelphia Chapter, Pennsylvania; Mrs. H. H. Cum- 
ings, Tidioute Chapter, Pennsylvania; Lewis Malone Ayer Chapter, South Caro- 
lina; Mrs. Emily P. S. Moor, Ann Story Chapter, Vermont. 

CONSTRUCTION OF ROOM, Mrs. Charles H. Pinney, Connecticut; Re- 
becca Park Chapter, Illinois; Baltimore Chapter, Maryland; Mrs. Emily Cum- 
mings Ellis, Mordecai Gist Chapter, Maryland; Lydia Cobb Chapter, Massachu- 
set'.s; Old South Chapter, Memorial to Mrs. Laura Wentworth Fowler, Massachu- 
setts; Lafayette-Lexington Chapter, Missouri; Caughnawaga Chapter, New York; 
Gaspee Chapter, Rhode Island. 

DECORATIONS, Mrs. George A. Lawrence, Illinois; Mrs. James G. Dun- 
ning (Mass. Chapters), Massachusetts; Mrs. James P. Brayton, Michigan; Mrs. 
Allen Perley (Penna. Chapters), Pennsylvania. 

CHINA, Kansas Chapters, Kansas ; Mrs. William C. Boyle, Moses Cleveland 
Chapter, Ohio. 

SILVER SANDWICH TRAYS, John McAlmont Chapter, Arkansas; Mrs. 
Elizabeth W. Foster, Little Rock Chapter, Arkansas. 

SILVER TRAY, Letitia Green Stevenson Chapter, Illinois. 

SILVER CANDLESTICK, Mrs. George A. Lawrence, Rebecca Park Chap- 
ter, Illinois. 

SILVER CANDELABRA, Tawasentha Chapter, New York, Susquehanna 
Chapter, Pennsylvania. 

SILVER FORKS, Mrs. Helen A. Linthicum, Baltimore Chapter, Maryland. 

SILVER SPOONS, Ashley Chapter, Iowa; Delaware Daughters of the 
American Revolution, Delaware; De Soto Chapter, Florida; John Eager Howard 
Chapter, Maryland. 


SILVER STATE SPOONS, Florida Chapters, Florida; Mrs. Matthew T. 
Scott, Letitia Green Stevenson Chapter, Illinois; Kansas Conference, Kansas; Mrs. 
Laura Lister Alexander, Louisiana; Mrs. Helen A. Linthicum, Baltimore Chapter, 
Maryland; Mrs. Emma S. Brayton, Michigan; Mrs. Ben. F. Gray, Jr., Missouri; 
Mrs. Wm. N. Reynolds, North Carolina; Gaspee Chapter, Rhode Island; Mrs. 
William Howard Crosby, Wisconsin. 


In addition to rooms which have been especially mentioned as 
memorials, there are also on the third floor the office of the Editor of 
the Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine; an office for 
the Superintendent of the building; a large Kitchen fitted with the 
most modern equipment and separated from the Banquet Hall by a 
well-appointed serving pantry. 

Another room has been set aside for use as a Luncheon Room 
for the numerous clerks employed in the offices, and every effort has 
been made toward their comfort and convenience. 





From December 20, 1892 (first contribution), to February 28, 1915 

Continental Hall Com- 











District of Columbia. 






Indian Territory. 













































Nebraska 1,673.64 

Nevada 48.50 

New Hampshire 5,503 .61 

New Jersey 9,208.61 

New Mexico 217.75 

New York 40,394.61 

North Carolina 2,462 . 54 

North Dakota 36.76 

Ohio 10,965.89 

Oklahoma 233.75 

Oregon 191.25 

Pennsylvania 31,679.78 

Rhode Island 3,906.39 

South Carolina 2,991.60 

South Dakota 88.66 

Tennessee 5,275.96 

Texas 3,188.11 

Utah 189.25 

Vermont 3,542.20 

Virginia 7,142.29 

Washington 2,800.86 

West Virginia . . 2,265.15 

Wisconsin 4,687.71 

Wyoming 138.45 

Philippine Islands 15.00 

States not given 813.01 

Foreign 25.00 

Children of the American 

Revolution 1,105.00 

Total $314,403.82 

The National Society of the Daughters 

of the American Revolution, 
Olive Powell Ransdell, Treasurer-General 

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